The Jackson County Library System & Covid-19

All Jackson County Library System locations are closed to the public until further notice. All due dates have been extended on items currently checked out. Bookdrops are now open for returns and holds may be placed starting on May 13. Curbside Pickup service will start on Monday, May 18 and details of this service are below in the Curbside Pickup section. While our physical locations are closed, our virtual branch is open right here on our website and on the libraries' Facebook pages. For questions or help, you can contact us using the form on the Contact page.

Important Information

Returns

The bookdrops are all open again, but all items will be quarantined in the library for 72 hours before they are actually checked in. Only return items to the bookdrops.

Library Holds

Holds can be placed, but items will take longer to become available due to safety precautions. Curbside Pickup service is available at all three locations. More information is available below in the Curbside Pickup section.

eLibrary

The library has whole collections of digital materials to checkout! Go to our eLibrary page to learn about them or scroll down to the Read for Free! section of this page to see all of the collections from both the library and others who have made materials free to download during this time.

eLibrary Cards

Don't have a library card? Contact the library to sign up for an eLibrary Card so you can utilize our digital resources by using the Contact form.

WiFi Access 24/7

Although physical library buildings are closed to the public, all locations have WiFi turned on at all times. It can be accessed by parking near any of the three library buildings.

Virtual Programming

Storytime

Storytimes!
Spark the love of reading by introducing your child to these fun storytimes. Storytimes help children develop a lifelong love for reading, and play an important role in building early literacy skills. Children learn how to interact with books, are introduced to new words, and introduced to new concepts.

Join us every Wednesday @ 10 AM on our Facebook pages for Storytime fun with Ms. Carrie, Ms. Kathy, and Ms. Sunny!

Heron Lake Library Facebook

Jackson Library Facebook

Lakefield Library Facebook

Access #OperationStorytime  on Twitter to discover stories ready by celebrities, authors, and illustrators.

Oliver Jeffers reads Monday through Friday on LIVE Instagram

James Dean reads Pete the Cat on Mondays on LIVE Instagram

Mondays with Michelle Obama on PBS Kids Facebook and YouTube

StorylineOnline Archived Storytimes

StoryMakers and Read Out Loud at KidLit TV

Everday Storyhour with Robbi & Matthew on YouTube A daily, fun, picture-book storytime followed by an author chat time where they talk about the creative process, answer questions, and suggest activities to do at home.

Minnesota silhouette

One Book | One Minnesota
Join in on the first state-wide Minnesota book club! The selected book is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and it is free to download on eBooks Minnesota. Then jump into the discussion every Monday on Facebook and join in the county-wide book discussion in late May. The author will also be hosting a discussion for the entire state and details will be posted as soon as they are available. For more information, go to our One Book | One Minnesota page.

Join us every Monday on our Facebook pages for to start discussing this book with your neighbors and friends. The library is hosting a virtual county-wide discussion on May 27 at 1 PM. Information to join will be available soon.

Heron Lake Library Facebook

Jackson Library Facebook

Lakefield Library Facebook

Statewide Author Talk: Kate DiCamillo 
Wednesday, May 20 | 1:00 p.m.

Register to attend the event on Zoom!

CSLP Imagine Your Story

Summer Library Program 2020: Imagine Your Story
Our summer program has a new look this year, but all of the fun of years' past!

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the library has decided not to have any programs in the physical libraries this summer. BUT there's still a lot going on! We'll be showing some great performers on Facebook and the website, have craft kits to pick up for all ages, activity logs to earn prizes, and LOTS more! Head to our Summer Library Program page to check it all out!!!

Read For Free!

Digital Library Resources
Read & listen to eBooks for free with your library card!

Minnesota Resources
Read digitally for free with these services provided by the state.

Curbside Pickup
Get a bag of library materials starting on May 18!

Other Free Resources
Read with these other resources that are freely available.

Free Stay at Home Fun

Crosswords, Puzzles, & Escape Rooms!
Keep your brain active with these fun activities.

Printable Activities!
Print these activities to keep you busy at home.

Exercise & Active Fun
Get the whole family moving with these free online resources!

Language Learning
Why not learn a new language for free?!

Writing Activities
Be creative with these fun writing activities!

Library of Congress
Check out these curated activities for the whole family!

Learning @ Home Resources

General Resources & Lessons
Jump into learning at home with these free resources!

Art
Let out your creativity!

Science
Dive into science topics with these resources!

Music & Theatre
Explore music and theatre all from home!

Space
Explore the final frontier!

Reading
Develop literacy skills and explore favorite books and discover new favorites!

Virtual Adventures

Zoos & Aquariums
Get an up close look at some amazing animals!

Museums
Explore history!

Adventure & Theme Parks
Take a ride on roller coaster and have an adventure!

National Parks
Explore the natural wonders in our National Parks!

Covid-19 Health Information